White House briefing, CDC, coronavirus task force recommend wearing cloth masks in public settings

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WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 25: Flanked by Vice President Mike Pence (L) and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a briefing on the coronavirus pandemic, in the press briefing room of the White House on March 25, 2020 in Washington, DC. The United States Senate continues to work on a $2 trillion aide package to combat the health and economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The White House coronavirus task force briefing is scheduled for 2 p.m. on April 3. The Trump administration has emphasized how the war on COVID-19 is “an all-of-America effort—and our diligence over the next 30 days will save many American lives.”

The President announced the CDC will send out additional recommendations to protect against the virus, including voluntary face coverings, staying in your home and at least 6 feet apart at all times.

The CDC and coronavirus task force now recommends wearing cloth-based masks in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

“We now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms…can transmit the virus to others before they show symptoms,” said Jerome Adams, Surgeon General of United States.

Blue Cross Blue Shields, Cigna, Humana, and Anthem are getting rid of co-pays for people getting treatment for COVID-19 for the next 60 days.

Hospitals and healthcare providers treating uninsured coronavirus patients will be reimbursed by the federal government using funds from the economic relief package Congress passed last month.

As of today, the U.S. reports 1,094 deaths from COVID-19. Earlier during the news briefing, VP Pence stated 1.4 million tests have been performed across the country.

On the financial front, President Trump reminded Americans from his social media Twitter account that the ‘Paycheck Protection Program’ is now available and small businesses can now apply for loans. To learn more about coronavirus relief options visit the Small Business Association (SBA) website.

Stay with 8 News Now for the latest updates from the coronavirus task force.

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